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Published: Saturday, July 20 2013 1:01 p.m. MDT

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Economist
Salt Lake City, UT

Is America really digressing to become this incompetent?

CA. reader
Rocklin, CA

America incompetent? Have you ever been on the scene of a situation like an airplane crash? Is every first responder supposed to be perfect all the time? How many people die every year in car wrecks, fires or other disasters inspite of the first responders' best efforts? No one can answer that question and it doesn't need to be asked.

Everyone feels for the young lady and her family but if anyone is responsible for her death it would be the airline and its employees not the first responders.

FanofTHEgame
Mapleton, UT

Incompetent? How many times do you think there are actual crashes in this country where firecrews can practice every crash scenario. Add to the fact that such events are seldom without some dire consequences. Think of all the tragic deaths from friendly fire in war. Those involved in intense scenarios face massive challenges that require split decisions with limited "real" time to think. Practice, rehearse, gameplay, etc., there is no substitute for the real thing and if you've ever experienced it you know that it is a monumental challenge. In the US, the prior fatalities from a commercial flight was 4 years ago. The last fatality at SFO before Asiana? 1964.

There is no question in my mind that we're exceptionally competent, but that chaotic situations often result in tragedy. The pain of the situation for the families may only be lessened by time, but I have no doubt that those facing the Asiana situation were and are competent. Perfect? No, but competent.

RDLV
Costa Rica, 00

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that other crews had arrived first and by the time the tragedy occurred, the young lady was covered with about a foot of fire retardant foam. Let's not be too quick to judge.

Contrarius
mid-state, TN

Such a tragedy. And the guilt the firefighters are feeling must be awful. Those guys dedicate their lives to SAVING people.

I just hope that they never ID which truck ran her over. The driver of that truck would be devastated, even though he could hardly be expected to recognize a human body lying under a foot of foam.

Lightening Lad
Austin , TX

Several random thoughts run through my small brain all at once.
-I'm so sorry for the families of the dead, I grieve for those injured, the numbers of paralyzed and those with deep emotional injuries they will never lose.
-I'm extremely proud of the aircraft maker Boeing for the thousands of safety features allowing all but a few to survive one of the most destructive criminal misuses of an aircraft I have ever known. Imagine previous generations of airframes that would not have given many passengers the time to escape to survive the impact not to mention the fires. Take a trip through the database Airline Safety Network if you don't "get" my point and view the reports of every air disaster or accident since airlines began flying.
-To key on this girls death misses a point, yes she lost her life but could she have survived long enough to reach the hospital, we don't know, she was very likely gravely injured being thrown from the aircraft. Her family needs to know that had time been taken to find, rescue their daughter many lives could have been lost with the delay in beating the fire down

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